Syria peace

Updated 02 January 2017
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Syria peace

This refers to the report, “World powers at UN unite for Syria peace” (Jan. 1). This is a welcome move by the UN. As a matter of fact, Syria requires a permanent cease-fire so that the devastation, which has been caused by a five-year war, may end and innocent civilians may get much-needed peace and security. But one thing may be of great concern because of the rogue state Iran, which may stoke sectarian violence and may order its fascist proxies, Hezbollah and Shiite militias, to attack innocent civilians under the pretext of cleansing Fatah Al-Sham which is waging war against the tyrannical Syrian regime of Assad. In this situation, Russia must play the role of a just mediator though it has been supportive of the tyrant regime of Assad. Turkey’s role must be appreciated as it has been fulfilling its responsibilities for the cause of innocent Syrian civilians. It is important to say that Erdogan’s towering personality is a boon to the Sunni countries as he has a kind heart for the Muslim community. He earnestly wants peace and tranquility in the Middle East. On the opposite side, the roles of the US and Germany against Erdogan are not justifiable and they are bent on blaming him for everything. This is not a healthy sign on the part of superpowers as it will lead to a world devoid of peace.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia